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Life With iOS 5: The First Day

by Jon Rettinger | June 7, 2011June 7, 2011 11:45 am PST

I posted my initial impressions of iOS 5 yesterday, after having had a few glorious minutes with it. And now, after a day of living with it on my AT&T iPhone 4, I have a few more bits to share:

  • Battery life seems much improved. Normally by 10 o’clock (PST), my battery would be down to 90%, but with iOS 5, it was down to just 95%.
  • Lockscreen notifications don’t just happen on their own. Some users might get confused about this, but it’s actually pretty simple: For things to show up on the Lockscreen, it has to be turned on in the Notifications Center settings.
  • My first full wireless back-up was loooong. It took about an hour and 30 minutes on a 20 Mbps down / 10 Mpbs up connection. All that was a killer on my battery life, stealing about 22%. In my case, the back-up itself used close to half of my 5GB iCloud allotment of space. I’m hoping that subsequent back-ups will be better.
  • The Reminders app works well, like the rest of the native apps, and users will be able to set customization options for it.
  • iMessage also appears as though it’s working properly, but I haven’t been able to test it with other people who have iOS 5 yet. Stay tuned.
  • The operating system feels pretty stable, especially considering it’s an early-build beta. Only one application has crashed so far, but the OS itself has been fine.

Since I’ve got this in my mitts, let me know if there’s anything in particular you want me to check out. We’re reading your comments, and will cover as much of it as we can.

Jon Rettinger

Jon, perhaps best known by his YouTube alter ego Jon4Lakers, has a love for technology that can never be quenched, no matter how hard he tries. If...